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  • Artists in 60 Seconds - Marina Abramovic Created: Sunday, July 25, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    Performance Artist Marina Abramovic, born in the former Yugoslavia (now identifiable as a Serb and Montenegrin), was the winner of the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion in 1997. Her work draws from her...
  • Art History Definition: Abstraction Created: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    An artwork that does not represent or depict a being, place or thing; or a simplified, generalized depiction of a being, place or thing." itemprop="description" Sunday, January 31, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Synthetic Cubism was invented by Picasso and Braque as they simplified a specific repertory of forms derived from their Analytic Cubism period of 1909/10 to 1912. Synthetic Cubism also incorporated collage and papier colle in Picasso and Braque's work.
  • What Is Modern Art? Created: Friday, July 09, 2004 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Learn more about what the art world means by Modern Art, which includes works from the nineteenth century's Impressionists to the end of the 1960s.
  • What Are the Visual Arts? Created: Friday, January 30, 2004 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    What is the definition of Visual Art? The visual arts are those creations we can look at, such as a drawing or a painting, and more.
  • The Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo Created: Thursday, May 27, 2004 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Discover the answers to some of the most common questions about Michelangelo's The Sistine Chapel ceiling, the most famous ceiling frescoes painting in the world.
  • Impressionism - Art History 101 Basics Created: Monday, June 21, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Impressionism is about the temporary, the here and now, and not about the timeless, the forever. Its avant-garde technique features short, painterly brushstrokes of bright colors that blend when the eyes view the painting at a distance.
  • What Are the Functions of Art? Created: Friday, April 09, 2004 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Let's explore the four main functions of art including its contextual, personal, social and physical attributes.
  • Artist Profile: Andy Warhol Created: Saturday, October 04, 2003 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    A biographical profile of Andy Warhol (1928-1987), American painter, filmmaker and Pop icon.
  • 'The Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci Created: Thursday, November 13, 2003 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Facts about Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'. One of the world's most famous religious paintings in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.
  • What Is Representational Art? Created: Friday, January 23, 2004 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    What is Representational Art? The word 'representational', when used to describe art, means that the work depicts something easily recognized by most people.
  • What is Contemporary Art? Created: Friday, July 09, 2004 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Great question. Contemporary Art just means art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes. In other words, contemporary to us. Learn more..
  • What is the Definition of Contrast in Art? Created: Friday, September 12, 2003 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Contrast art refers to the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece of art.
  • What is Value in Art? Created: Friday, September 12, 2003 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    An element of art, Value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color. Value becomes critical in a work which has no colors other than black, white, and a gray scale.
  • What is Abstract Art? Created: Monday, December 28, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Abstract art can be a painting or sculpture (including assemblage) that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world. Even in an extremely distorted or exaggerated way
  • What is Surrealism? Created: Monday, February 28, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Surrealist artists feasted on the unconscious, the exploration of the dream as a valid form of reality, and a willingness to depict images of perverse sexuality, scatology, decay and violence.
  • What is the Definition of Shape in Art? Created: Friday, September 12, 2003 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Shapes in art are limited to two dimensions: length and width. Geometric shapes have the clear edges. Organic shapes have natural, less well-defined edges.
  • What is Dada? Created: Thursday, January 01, 2004 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Dadaism, or Dada Art, was not a movement, it's artists not artists and it's art not art. Why does this non-art movement still matter in the art world?
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Eugène Boudin Created: Sunday, July 18, 2010 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    Fellow Le Havre resident Eugene Boudin introduced Claude Monet to painting en plein air, one of the greatest influences on Monet's career as an Impressionist. Boudin participated in the first Impre...
  • Art History Definition: History Painting or Sculpture Created: Friday, July 09, 2010 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    History Painting or Sculpture is a category in the old Academic tradition that places this subject matter far above all other subject matter in artmaking. History Painting was considered more impor...
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Donatello (Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi) Created: Sunday, October 05, 2003 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    A biographical profile of Donatello (1386-1466), Italian Early Renaissance sculptor.
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Maurice de Vlaminck Created: Saturday, April 19, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
    A biographical profile of Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958), French Fauvist painter, printmaker and writer.
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Edward Mitchell Bannister Created: Thursday, March 04, 2010 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    Edward Mitchell Bannister was one of the most successful African American landscape painters during the nineteenth century. He co-founded the Providence Art Club and is remembered as the namesake o...
  • 10 Favorite Fathers in Art Created: Saturday, June 19, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    He's a wage earner, roof provider, shoe tier, ball thrower, story reader and all-around great guy. Fathers are credited with many things (often including creating the world) but, for my money, fath...
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Claude Monet Created: Monday, October 06, 2003 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    A biographical profile of Claude Monet (1840-1926), French Impressionist painter.
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Louise Bourgeois Created: Monday, May 30, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    Louise Bourgeois was one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century, known for her Surrealism that anticipated Feminist art and issues." itemprop="desczTP='t3'" --> itemprop="d...
  • Artists from the Italian Proto-Renaissance Created: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    An alphabetical list of visual artists from the Proto-Renaissance period (ca. 1100-ca. 1400) in Italy. This page covers surnames beginning with A through F." itemprop="desczTP='t3'" --> itemprop="d...
  • The Birth of Synthetic Cubism: Picasso's Guitars, Part I Created: Monday, April 18, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    A look at Picasso's Guitars, 1912-1914, an exhibition in 2011 of 85 pieces from 35 collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
  • Hard-Edge Painting: Art History Basics 101 Created: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014
    This art movement that began in the 1950s emphasizes the flat surface of the canvas with clean abstract shapes and surrounding fields of colors." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"<...
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Joshua Johnson or Joshua Johnston Created: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014
    Joshua Johnson or Johnston was the first known African American professional portraitist, active in Maryland and Virginia from 1798 to around 1830." itemprop="description"< --> itemprop="descriptio...
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Käthe Kollwitz Created: Sunday, October 05, 2003 Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014
    A profile of Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), German Expressionist draftswoman and sculptor who fought against an unjust world with her eye and her hand.
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Roy Lichtenstein Created: Sunday, October 05, 2003 Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014
    Lichtenstein (1923-1997) is one of the two most recognized names in Pop Art, best known for his paintings of what appear to be machine-printed comic strips.

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